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Georgia gun ban in churches ruled constitutional

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A federal judge upholds Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship.

A state legislator has filed a bill to change the law and let you pack a gun in church.

U-S District Judge Ashley Royal ruled that Georgia's law does not violate constitutional rights to freedom of religion or to bear arms.

A 2010 Georgia law prohibited guns in churches, even by people with carry permits.

Many South Georgia pastors told us they don't think guns are needed in the Lord's house.

Gethsemane Worship Center Bishop Frederick Williams, Sr. said "I think when we begin to take weapons in, it kind of puts us in a whole 'nother mode as it relates to worship and serving God. So I not really with bringing guns to church, but I know there are a lot of people that have other concerns."

State Representative Bobby Franklin of Marietta Monday filed a bill that would remove churches from the locations where guns are prohibited.

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